Green Cleaning: 5 Non-Toxic Products to Try This Spring
Commercial cleaning products and the residue they leave behind can be toxic and expensive. This spring, safely kill germs by trying out these healthier — and cheaper! — alternatives.
- White vinegar. Gentle but acidic, white vinegar is the perfect anti-bacterial to mop up floors or wash windows. Recipe: Combine 1 part white vinegar with 1 part warm water into a bucket or spray bottle. (The vinegary smell goes away shortly.)
- Baking soda. You already know about its deodorizing properties, but it also breaks down grease and grime. Recipe: Simply sprinkle some on a damp cloth and wash surfaces like the stovetop or kitchen counter. For stubborn stains, apply a paste (3 parts baking soda, 1 part water) and let stand before wiping.
- Lemon juice. This natural disinfectant can be used for just about anything from polishing faucets to wiping down shower doors. Recipe: Add a cup of lemon juice to your laundry instead of bleach — it’ll brighten whites and leave behind a citrus scent.
- Olive oil. A healthy product in and on your cabinets? Yes, please. Recipe: Mix up your own wood polish with 2 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice or white vinegar, then use in spray bottle. Tip: Putting a little olive oil directly on a paper towel will work, too.
- Salt. The scouring agent in table salt can keep drains free of clogs. Recipe: Pour 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of baking soda into drain. Let sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Then, pour a teakettle of boiling water to flush.
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